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Big John - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,397
Reviews: 435
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 160
Gots: 597 | FT: 51
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewmasters Notes:
Inspired by the epic skyline of Chicago, Goose Island's brewers set out to craft Big John; a tall, bold slugger of a stout that stands out vividly against the little soft beers out there. Epic amounts of roasted malt and an addition of cacoa nibs give Big John a massive chocolate flavor and aroma. With a body as substantial and black as the building to which it pays homage, Big John is sure to inspire a sense of awe with each sip.

(Beer added by: aasher on 03-13-2011)
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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate malt with light roasted malt and light residual sugar notes. Taste is a sublime mix between black milk chocolate with some light molasses and liquorice notes with light dry roasted malt notes also perceptible. Body is full with nice thick creamy texture and good carbonation and no alcohol presence is easily identifiable. I really enjoyed this huge beer and I’m glad they were able to maintain such balance and drinkability to match the complexity of this beer.

Phyl21ca, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%

single finger dark tan head on a jet black body with no light passing through. Lots of vanilla with dark fruit and chocolate. A very nice dark fruit, vanilla and chocolate mix in the flavor as well. Right amount of sweetness. Slight roasted malt note. thick in body, very smooth and viscous/creamy. light to moderate carbonation. Another excellent beer from goose island. This one is very smooth and flavorful. Strong but not too boozy.

kylehay2004, Jan 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Shared one bottled from 3/2011 last night (8-23-2014) with my brother-in-law. We both remember this being a good beer when new, but bitter. After almost 3-1/2 years in my basement, this beer was knock-your-socks-off incredible. It smelled liked a great dessert and tasted so smooth and sweet. It made me wish I would have bought way more of these to cellar.

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4.19/5  rDev +2.9%

Bomber bottle.

Poured into a Teku glass. Oily texture. Tick body, greasy, creamy, dark as a black metal outfit.
Has a sparkling but yet creamy dark caramel kinda foam head. Very nice. I would have liked a bit more of it. Dissipates quite quickly.

Smells of cocoa. I guess that's what it's supposed to be in front of the smell. It has cacao nibs added. It follows with coffee notes, lightly smoky, dried plums and some warming alcohol. Nothing out of the ordinary. Straight forward nice smell, but nothing impressive.

About all of the characteristics of the smell go into the taste. Dark fruits such as dried plums, figs, sour cherries along cocoa and coffee are present all the way. Alcohol is present but nothing wrong with it. It warms your body and accentuates the flavor.

Mouthfeel is creamy and lactic. A bit fuzzy. The bitter accents of the hops and cocoa are there in the aftertaste.

A very good try and a pleasant experience all the way.

leitmotif, Jul 27, 2014
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Big John from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,397 ratings.